About thirty seconds after starting to read yet another essay about photography that doesn’t include any pictures I normally categorise it as one of the following:
- worse than nonsense
This week there was an exception – in fact quite a big exception. A student whose work I had been following sent me her degree theses “About Photography as a Discussion”. The basic premise of it is that every time we take a picture we are referencing images that we have seen before whilst seeking to move the narrative on a little. I would dearly love to say more here but I went back to the author of the essay and encouraged her to expand it to something way beyond a compulsory degree thesis and to either illustrate it herself or to collaborate with other photographers to provide images that expand the theory. As a gesture of support I have offered her my entire back catalogue and I have promised to publicise the heck out of her work when it is finished.
So what am I writing this blog post (with her permission) here today? Three reasons really:
- I wanted to get something on the record that I have read something by a photography student that actually made me think.
- To give her another nudge on the journey to doing something worthwhile.
- To ask readers of this blog if there are any books/essays/articles out there that have already covered this topic.
The recent graduate wouldn’t let me name her on here but that’s OK. Her tutors, friends, family and at least six working photographers know who she is!